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Tying Jeff Hickman’s Fish Taco Steelhead Fly

The Fish Taco is a simple fly to tie and provides a ton of action in the current. The fly is unweighted and can be fished at depth by using split-shot or weighted heads. The fly has a ton of action with the long ostrich tendrils and offers a glint of flash with just a little Flashabou. There is also a version of the Fish Taco called the Flash taco tied with Flashabou rather than ostrich if you need a flashier fly.

The Fish Taco was designed by Jeff Hickman (Mr. Hankey) to have a ton of action and to be light.

DIY Laser Dubbing – https://youtu.be/paQSyTxRyTI
Shank and Leash – https://youtu.be/928yL1gK1RU

Fish Taco fly pattern recipe

Shank: 30mm
Leash: 20lb braided wire
Thread: Fl. pink 6/0 (70d)
Butt: Fl. pink Senyo Laser Dubb
Rib: Medium gold oval tinsel
Body: Black Senyo Laser Dubb
Hackle: Grizzly hackle dyed pink
Collar: Ostrich herl (pink / black)
Collar: Guinea fowl
Collar: Light pink Flashabou

The Fish Taco Steelhead Fly
The Fish Taco Steelhead Fly

Sources

Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
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Murky Water Streamer by Ruben Martin

It’s been said a million times, “If it aint chartreuse, it aint no use”, and in the case of low visibility waters, the bright green remains a good choice. The Murky Water Streamer is an articulated fly and the front hook is meant to be clipped, so the important thing to note is the length of the hook shank. Personally, I’m not a fan of the limp trailer hooks and would prefer using a coated braided wire for the trailer. The fly pattern is a big one, and with the marabou collar and sili-legs, it will provide for a lot of movement in the water.

Murky Water Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Rise 90019 # 1 or 4xl streamer hook
Thread: 8/0 UNI or 70 UTC
Trailer: Multi-filament Tufline 65 lbs or similar
Eyes: Large silver bead chain
Body: polar chartreuse chenille
Collar: Chartreuse marabou
Flash: Pearl polar flash
Wing: Rabbit strip chartreuse or barred chartreuse
Legs: Sili legs barred blue / black
Junction: ProTube red or chartreuse
Trailer Hook: Octopus

Be sure to check out this and other videos on Ruben Martin’s Youtube page.

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